Library Services


Our Collection

Our holdings include books, audiobooks on CD and Playaway, newspapers, magazines, DVDs, and music CDs.

Patrons may check out any number of books, audiobooks, Playaways, music CDs and magazines for a three-week loan period.  New adult books check out for two weeks.  DVDs check out for three days.  There is a $1 fee for new DVDs.

Patrons are invited to use public computers to access the internet through the library’s DSL connection, enjoy wi-fi service, view a library exhibit, research local and family history in the Hudson History Room, or attend one of the library’s many events.

Our staff is here to help! Let us know if you have any questions.

Public Computers/Printing/Faxing

Eight computers are open to the public that provide internet access and printing. We do not charge for the first 5 pages of black and white printing. Additional black and white printing is 10 cents per page. Color printing is 50 cents per page.

The library’s photocopier/fax machine is also available to the public. Black and white copies are 10 cents per page. Color copies are 50 cents per page. Fax service is $1 per page.

Who Can Get a Library Card

A Hudson Area Public Library card is issued free of charge to anyone living in the library’s district, which includes all of Hudson, unincorporated Normal, the Lake Bloomington area, and areas around Money Creek. Individuals living outside the library’s district can purchase a non-resident card for $185.81 per year. This card gives non-residents full borrowing privileges.

How to Get Your Card

To apply for a library card, please show a staff member a photo ID with a current address. If your photo ID does not have your current address, please provide us with a piece of mail, lease agreement, or real estate tax bill to confirm your address. Patrons must be 5 or older to receive a library card. Children between the ages of 5 and 13 must have a parent’s signature to obtain a library card. All patrons 14 and older are given full adult borrowing privileges. The replacement fee for a lost card is $5.00.

Where Your Card Can Be Used

Your card may be used at Bloomington Public Library, Normal Public Library, all Resource Sharing Alliance (RSA) public libraries, and any other public library in Illinois. Library cards are valid for three years. When your library card expires, you may come to the library to renew it or phone us at (309)726-1103.

Visiting the Online Catalog

Visit the online catalog by clicking “Search the Catalog” in the upper right corner of any page on our website. Here you can search for items at our library as well as all the libraries in the Resource Sharing Alliance. You can manage your account, renew items, and place items on hold. To log in to the online catalog you will need your library card number found on the back of your card and your PIN.

How to Get Your PIN

Your PIN is a randomly assigned four-digit number attached to your library card when you register for it that allows you access to the online catalog. Please call the library or ask at the desk to obtain your PIN. You may change your PIN by visiting “My Account” in the online catalog or calling the library.

How to Place a Hold

You may place a hold in the online catalog by clicking “Search the Catalog” in the upper right corner of any page on our website. Log in to your account with your library card number and PIN and search for the item you wish to place a hold on. If the item is available click the “Place Hold” button and select your pick up location. Click “Place Hold” again. We will call you when your item is available for pick up.

How to Renew Borrowed Items

Patrons may renew items in person, over the phone, or through the online catalog. All library materials except new DVDs may be renewed if the item is not on hold for another patron. Please call (309)726-1103 to renew by phone. To renew online, log in to your account by clicking “Search the Catalog” in the upper right corner of any page on our website.

Library Fines

Juvenile items are fine-free. Overdue fines for DVDs are 50 cents per day up to $2.50 per item. Overdue fines for all other items are 10 cents per day up to $1 per item.

For more information, call the library at (309) 726-1103.